The Burning Shadow

The Burning Shadow

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by Michelle Paver
     
 

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For fans of Nancy Farmer and Lloyd Alexander comes international bestselling author Michelle Paver’s second novel in the Bronze Age adventure series.
 
While searching for his kidnapped sister, Outsider Hylas takes a dangerous detour when he’s captured as a slave and sent to the copper mines of Thalakrea. Hylas faces brutal overseers and

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For fans of Nancy Farmer and Lloyd Alexander comes international bestselling author Michelle Paver’s second novel in the Bronze Age adventure series.
 
While searching for his kidnapped sister, Outsider Hylas takes a dangerous detour when he’s captured as a slave and sent to the copper mines of Thalakrea. Hylas faces brutal overseers and lethal cave-ins while evading his enemies, the Crows. With the aid of an orphaned lion cub and his friend Pirra, Hylas must escape the mines and shatter the power of the Crows for good. But the prophecy is still at work and Hylas cannot escape its grasp, especially when the anger of the oldest god is awakened.

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"[A] fast-paced adventure." - Kirkus Reviews

"Paver keeps the plot moving with plenty of action...fans of the Gods and Warriors series will love The Burning Shadow, as well as other installments to follow." - VOYA

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Amy Fiske
The second book in Michelle Paver’s Gods and Monsters series drops readers right into the action once again. Readers meet up with reluctant hero Hylas just as a slaver abducts him. Back in the clutches of the Crows, his enemies from the first book, Hylas is forced down a copper mine on the island of Thalakrea. He must hide his true identity from the Crows, who believe him a key player in a prophecy that predicts their fall from power. Meanwhile, Pirra, daughter of a high priestess, is on the run from yet another unwanted arranged marriage and washes up on Thalakrea. Hylas escapes the mine, befriends a lion cub who proves a helpful companion, and reunites with Pirra. Together, they must stop the Crows, who have awakened and angered the gods in their grab for power. As in the first book, Hylas simply wants to find his lost sister and live a quiet life. Fate, however, has other plans for him. Paver keeps the plot moving with plenty of action. Beneath the action lie the central themes of complicated relationships, loyalty, and responsibility. All the main plot elements return from the first book, making the story feel a bit formulaic this time, but the characters grow and learn, loyalties are tested, and relationships deepen. Fans of the Gods and Warriors series will love The Burning Shadow, as well as other installments to follow. Reviewer: Amy Fiske; Ages 11 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Bronze Age Greece is a dangerous place, filled with angry spirits, vengeful warriors and uncertain alliances. Hylas, a young goatherd and Outsider, must navigate this mysterious world as he searches for his missing younger sister, Issi. Missing his friends, Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, and Spirit the dolphin, Hylas is once again alone in his quest (Gods and Warriors, 2012). His journey is cut short when he is snatched by slavers and forced to labor in the mines of Thalakrea, a volcanic island. Twelve-year-old Pirra's fate is no less suffocating: Her mother has once again promised her in marriage. Pirra bribes a seer to help her escape, but the old woman has other plans. Fate brings Pirra to Hylas' island prison, where they meet a spirit-touched lion cub. Together, they must confront the dangerous prophecy hanging over Hylas' life. This second volume is a vast improvement over the first. The historically accurate and opulent setting has receded, becoming the backdrop for the fast-paced adventure. Well-developed characters populate a time and place where the veil between the real world and the spiritual realm is thin. Maps and an author's note enrich the text. Well-crafted historical adventure. (Historical fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142422854
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
01/22/2015
Series:
Gods and Warriors Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
448,361
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 Years

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From the Publisher
"[A] fast-paced adventure." - Kirkus Reviews

"Paver keeps the plot moving with plenty of action...fans of the Gods and Warriors series will love The Burning Shadow, as well as other installments to follow." - VOYA

Meet the Author

Michelle Paver is the international bestselling author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Ms. Paver lives in the UK.

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I have read other books by her she rocks! Creepy.... i kept telling myself " this is it last page then delete!" I had night mares, but oh, well. Totes worth it.
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